Otto Sanchez is an American actor best known for his role as Carmen Guerra in the prison drama television series Oz, from 1998-2003.
He is also known for his role as Otto in the short-lived thriller series Kidnapped, from 2006-2007.
Sanchez, a native New Yorker, was raised by his mother, Violeta Zoila Carbajal in Jackson Heights, Queens, in a household of four, with an older brother and two older sisters.
Otto's passion for painting was his first connection into the arts. After pursuing Advertising Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City (1987-1989), then fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, on a scholarship, his passion shifted into theatre.
Returning to New York City in 1991, he studied acting under Jeanne Kaplan and Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. In 1996, landed his breakthrough role Chico Guerra on the acclaimed HBO series Oz.
Notable film credits include Carlos in Bad Boys II, Negrito in Kill the Poor, Ping Pong in Double Whammy by Tom Dicillo, and Paul Diaz in Push by David Rodriguez.
His television credits include Diego in Blue Bloods, Diego Garza a recurring role on Burn Notice, Danny Santos in Canterbury's Law (with Julianna Margulies) and Deputy Sheriff Rick Silo in Criminal Minds.
Otto also made guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch and 100 Centre St.
Otto is no stranger to the stage. In November 2008 he acted in the World Premiere of Beau Willimon's political play Farragut North (now a major motion picture) directed by 2008 Tony award winner Doug Hughes at the Atlantic Theater in New York City in the dual role of Frank/Waiter, opposite 2008 Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr.
In 2004 he co-starred opposite John Ventiglimia (The Sopranos) in the role of Wallace in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Ponies, produced by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante in New York City.